RIYADH: The General Authority of Civil Aviation stated early on Friday that all airlines are permitted to utilize Saudi airspace provided that the overflight guidelines established by the aviation authority are followed.
Without specifying a timeframe, the authority tweeted that “all air carriers that satisfy the conditions of the Authority for overflying” will be allowed into Saudi airspace.
Following its announcement, US President Joe Biden praised the decision.
The authority stated in the post that the decision was made due to the Kingdom’s “keenness to meet its duties under the Chicago Convention of 1944, which specifies non-discrimination between civil aircrafts employed in international air navigation.”
The policy change, according to the statement, was intended to “support the efforts aimed at cementing the Kingdom’s position as a global hub linking three continents and to boost international aviation connectivity.”